I have a new novel coming in September. It’s called The Residence.

The Residence is a ghost story set in the Pierce Administration’s White House of the 1850s and is based on true events and correspondence. It’s a supernatural thriller that explores the extraordinary marriage between President Franklin Pierce and First Lady Jane Pierce and the personal/spiritual failings in the lead-up to the Civil War – all in the only haunted house its residents are not permitted to leave.

The Residence will be published by Simon & Schuster (Skybound/Gallery) in the US, Simon & Schuster Canada, and Simon & Schuster UK in the English-speaking world.

More news soon!

THE HOMECOMING a Best Book of 2019

Delighted that PopMatters picked The Homecoming as one of the Best Books of 2019!!

I’m doubly delighted because the review was written by Scott Poole, an amazing writer in his own right (Wasteland) and the leading American scholar on horror.

“Pyper has a gift for creating infinitely complex characters. We really do end up caring about these people and caught up in the mystery of what is happening to them. I think its important that any book that deals with dark themes like this, fiction or otherwise, make the death of its subjects matter and few do this as well as Pyper. I recommend this book to fans of both psychological thrillers and horror.”

— Scott Poole on The Homecoming

The Homecoming – Best Book of 2019


So excited to announce that A Criatura, the Portuguese translation in Brazil, will be published in January.

My Brazilian publisher, DarkSide Books has brought my novels to a new and enthusiastic audience and I’m very grateful to them for their passion and artistry they bring to their gorgeous, always interesting designs. A Criatura is no exception.

A Criatura – DarkSide Books

Not News…Just Summer

While things have gotten rather exciting around here on the books and work front, none of it is stuff I’m permitted to announce yet. But I wanted to provide an update on my summer in any case, which has basically involved me doing everything in my power to maximize my time looking at this.


It’s that time of year when you lurch from your job to whatever summer holidays you’ve carved out and find yourself plagued by a single question: What do I read?

Well, the CBC has a list for that. And The Homecoming is on it. Check it out here:

CBC Summer Reads

Upcoming Appearances

It’s early days, but I’ve received some invitation to come and talk, read or teach in places over the coming months. You can check out changes on the Readings & Appearances page. If you see that I’m barreling into your town it would be great to see you, meet you, or field your questions about pretty damn near anything.

National Bestseller!


Bowled over to be able to say that The Homecoming is a National Bestseller in Canada its first week out!

It’s at the #4 spot on the fiction list in both the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail.

Massive thanks to all who read and bought and nudged friends and others to do the same. Drinks on me!

The Homecoming in The Globe and Mail

The Homecoming‘s first newspaper review is in The Globe and Mail, and it’s terrific!

“One assumes the book was written beneath a full moon…Pyper’s petrifying imagination comes through in the details…The Homecoming creates a battle between the reader’s faith in what they know about their own histories and the leery possibility of treachery emerging out of nowhere. Pyper’s craftsmanship knows no limit when it comes to making the reader confront their own inescapable fears.”

I’d link to the full review but it requires a subscription. By all means please check it out if you have one!